First, make sure the leather is clean and dry. Once cleaned, apply your favorite leather conditioner to a foam applicator pad. Prime the pad by rubbing the moisturizer into the pores of the foam by hand. This will help even coverage and avoid leather blotching. Add a small dot of conditioner to the primed pad and massage it into the leather.
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Use medium pressure to help penetrate the hide. Work one section at a time such as the side bolster. Allow two to three minutes of dwell time before using a clean microfiber towel to remove the excess conditioner and restore the leather to a matte finish. If the conditioner is not removed, the leather will have a slick or shiny appearance which gives the seats, dashboard, or door panels an unnatural sheen.
In rare cases, heavy applications of certain conditioners without removing can cause dashboards and seats to crack at a much faster rate over time as it creates a greenhouse effect from the sun’s rays. A simple way to avoid this is to wipe any excess conditioner away with a microfiber towel. The most common issue with leather conditioning is of course, blotchiness. This is when one area of the leather is moisturized while the adjoining area is left dry.
Be sure to double-check your coverage area when done, and reapply the conditioner in areas that you may have missed or areas that seem more used such as the driver side bolster from getting in and out of the car. This leather is typically the thirstiest, so keep an eye out for any potential blotchiness you may have missed. It’s a good habit to moisturize your seats after a thorough cleaning or at least after every few months depending on usage, age of leather and the amount of sun and heat your interior is exposed to.